Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has commissioned a 7-MW (7,000-kW or 7-million-watt) photovoltaic (solar panels) solar power plant in Tokyo Bay, Japan, which is to generate enough electricity to power 2,100 homes and is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 3,100 tons per year. This assumes that the homes require an average of 3.3 kW of power, which is a very common average in developed countries.
The power plant is titled Ukushima and is located on an 11 hectare (0.042471 square miles) site. It consists of 38,000 Sharp solar panels. TEPCO plans to construct another solar power plant titled Ohgishima, one of which is 13,000 kW and will consist of 64,000 panels. It will be one of the largest solar projects in Japan and the combined power output of both Ohgishima and Ukushima will be 20,000 watts, which is enough to power 5,900 homes.
Due to the unexpected Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant meltdown in March, that power plant is no longer operational and was rated at 4.7 GW, which is 4,700 MW or 4.7 billion watts. This is one of the top 15 largest nuclear power generators in the world and, therefore, was relied upon by an estimated 1,424,000 homes… to give you an idea of how significant that plant is to the power supply of Japan.
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